INTERNSHIPS at MOCAD

Accepting applications for the Summer Session – 3 months, June-August
Application Period: Open
Application Deadline: February 22
Start date: May 6, 2019

Exhibitions Intern

Qualifications

  • Intern applicants must be a current student in the humanities, museum studies, art, arts administration or education, or a related field.
  • Some administrative experience and familiarity with Google Drive, Excel and Spreadsheet Programs.
  • Self motivated and general interest in arts and programming.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

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Teen Council + Youth Programs Intern

Qualifications

  • Intern applicants must be a current student in humanities, museum studies, art, arts administration or education, or a related field.
  • Candidates should be very well organized, professional, punctual.
  • Interns should be able to work professionally with teens in an educational/mentorship capacity.
  • Basic computer and word processing skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps a plus.
  • Knowledge of a foreign language is encouraged but not required.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.
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Internship with Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator and Curatorial Team at MOCAD

Qualifications

  • Curious and Hardworking
  • Disciplined
  • Accountable
  • Self-starters that give obsessive attention to detail
  • Have a command of the written language
    • Writing
    • Copy-Editing
  • Be super organized
  • Impeccable administrative skills
  • Enthusiastic about research
  • Digitally literate (social media, emails, email etiquette, etc.)
  • Have a passion for the arts, culture and learning are essential

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.
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Public Programming Intern

This internship is for those interested in learning more about the public programs that go on at MOCAD. The public programs intern will attend some meetings of the program committee and assist with organizing lectures, music performances and film series. Projects will include research and discovery of concepts relating to contemporary music, film and technology. It will also include logistical and production assistance of events, including both in-person and electronic communication with artists and performers. Candidates should be well-organized, able to work within a team and have a strong interest in music and/or technology.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter, and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

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Membership Intern

Professional Knowledge + Career Readiness Skills Gained in this Intern Position:

  • Opportunities for networking within the Detroit arts community.
  • Exposure to the working of a contemporary art museum.
  • Knowledge or marketing, sales, and special event planning.

Responsibilities:

  • Process membership sales and forms
  • Filing
  • Database entry

Qualifications

  • Intern applicants must be a current student in humanities, museum studies, art, arts administration or education, or a related field.
  • Other helpful traits or skills.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

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Special Events + Facility Rentals Intern

Qualifications

  • Intern applicants must be a current student in humanities, museum studies, art, arts administration or education, or a related field.
  • Candidates should be well organized, professional, and punctual.
  • Interns should be able to work professionally with all staff, clients and vendors.
  • Basic computer and word processing skills, Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps a plus.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

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GRANTS + FOUNDATION RELATIONS INTERN

Qualifications

  • Intern applicants must be a current student in humanities, museum studies, art, arts administration or education, or a related field. Preference given to students in Master’s degree programs.
  • Interest in grant proposal writing, grant report preparation, program budgeting, prospect research, and program development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, and Excel, as well as familiarity with Google Docs.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Experience in creating narrative reports.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter (see the internship application for specific instructions), and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

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Digital Media Intern

This internship is for those interested in learning more, and helping shape, the role of technology, new media, social media at MOCAD. Under supervision of the Curator of New Media and Technology, the Digital Media intern will develop and implement digital campaigns and original content across a variety of platforms. The intern will also develop research on trends and best practices for digital media initiatives in the contemporary art world. This position interfaces not only with the communications department, but curatorial, design, exhibitions, education, and membership departments as well. Candidates should be well-organized, able to work within a team and have a strong interest in art, film, media, and/or technology. Proficiency with major social media platforms and an intermediate level of experience with photography is required. Some experience with MailChimp, WordPress, and/or videography is desirable, but not required. Photo and video equipment can be provided as needed by the museum, however applicants must have access to their own laptop.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an internship application, cover letter, and a current resume as PDF by email to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.
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About MOCAD

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is where adventurous minds encounter the best in contemporary visual,
literary, music, and performing arts. A responsive center for diverse audiences, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture, pushing us to the edges of contemporary experience. The museum presents an ambitious schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions, and educational and outreach programs.

About Internships at MOCAD

The Internship Program at MOCAD offers participants training in the museum profession and a comprehensive overview of museum operations. Interns also gain insight into the national and international world of contemporary art. We welcome current students who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-profit museum.

Internships offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment, in exchange for a substantive contribution to the museum from talented and interested individuals. Interns may complete a number of projects and daily assignments, participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs and attend regular museum programming including artist talks, lectures, etc. During the summer, a brown bag lunch program takes place weekly.

Departments generally accept one to two interns per session. All interns are expected to turn in biweekly time
sheets/reflections documenting the hours they work and projects they have worked on, to be reviewed by their internship supervisor and recorded by the Operations office. Interns must be able to work a full term. Departments currently offering internships are: Exhibitions, Grants + Foundation Relations, Special Events + Facility Rentals, Teen Council + Youth Programs.

Although the MOCAD does not offer paid internships, there are special benefits to being a MOCAD Intern. Benefits of being an MOCAD intern include: an membership card providing reduced or free admission to more than 3,000 member museums across the nation for the length of your internship; curator-led tours of current MOCAD exhibitions; free admission to MOCAD talks and performances; discounts in the MOCAD Store and cafe; and opportunities to meet with museum professionals in nearly every department of the Museum.

Eligibility

Current students over the age of 18 are eligible for internships, and preference will be given to students in museum studies, the arts, arts administration, humanities and related fields. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit provides equal opportunity to its applicants. When making your arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. At this time MOCAD is unable to offer visa or immigration assistance to international students seeking an internship. It is recommended that interns have a personal laptop they can use during their internship

Schedule of Internship Sessions + Time Commitment

There are two internship sessions and two application deadlines per year. Departments will work with individual interns to determine specific start and end dates roughly matching the dates listed below. Interns must be able to commit to a regular schedule with a minimum of 14 hours per week, which they will determine with their department supervisor.

Academic Year Session 2019 –January-May

Application Period: Closed

Application Deadline: November 30

Start date: January 5, 2019

Summer Session – 3 months, June-August

Application Window: Open

Application Deadline: February 22

Internship Term: May 16 through August 30

Compensation + School Credit

Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer financial compensation for internships. We hope to be able to adjust that in the future! To the extent of our ability, we will assist you in receiving school credit. Please check with your university about how to make arrangements for receiving credit.

How to Apply

There are two application deadlines per year, April 15 and November 30. Applications received after the deadlines and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please review all information about the internships carefully before applying, and double check your materials before hitting send. Interns must submit three items in PDF format:

  1. An intern application form.
  2. A current resume.
  3. A cover letter – please review the application form for information on what to address in your cover letter.
  4. One to two letters of recommendation from professors and/or previous employers are preferred and appreciated but not mandatory. They may be sent to volunteer@mocadetroit.org.

Those applicants whom the departments are interested in interviewing will be contacted. The department supervisor will notify selected interns of acceptance and arrange a specific start date. Applicants will receive a response by May 1 for summer and December TBD for the academic year.

Please do not call to check on the status of your application.